Sparkling eyes, curly haired, a million dollar smile in his face lights up his lean personality. Meet Dashrath Kumar – an upcoming shooter who has struck gold in the Air Rifle Karnataka State Championship -2018. The 25 year Bengalurean is a commerce graduate from Vijaya college – who started practicing professional shooting at the age of 22.
Hailing from a middle class family, Dashrath has risen above his humble background to become a promising shooter.
“My ambition to serve the country and win a gold medal at the Olympics” said Dasharath when this correspondent called him to congratulate on him winning gold medal in the state level shooting championship.
The soft spoken lad has been mentored and coached by Mr. Santosh. Family constraints, lack of encouragement did not stop him from pursuing his talent. The 25 year old started practising at the Golden Ace Shooting Sports Academy and simultaneously took up the job of a junior coach in the academy.
“My family and friends have been supportive”, he says, while acknowledging the fact that he being an active Social Worker taught him the organisational skills, team spirit and the guts to overcome odds.”
I spend 5-6 hours training every day at the academy and sweating out 2 hours at the Gym, he said. My colleagues in the academy were really supportive and gave me the maximum encouragement, he says.
In a fledgling career, Dasharath is showing lots of promise and bring accolades to his country. His perseverance, discipline and a systematic approach with inputs from his coach and academy is moulding his career to greater heights, says his friends.
“There is lack of awareness about this sport and very less recognition about this sport in India. I am happy that i have got an opportunity to spread knowledge about this sport” he said when he spoke to this correspondent.
A friend of Dasharath, said he is a ‘self made’ man, with very less support. His hardwork, dedication and the burning desire to chase his goals has got him the gold medal. The State Government of Karnataka should step in to identify his talent and provide him with required facilities to ensure he is competent enough to face International challenges. Sophisticated shooting equipment, inputs from a highly experienced coach and some financial incentives are needed to keep him ready for bigger challenges ahead. With his ‘never-say-die’ attitude, eager to learn and a calm attitude – all vital skills needed for a shooter, Dasharath could well bring a medal to India in the Olympics.